Shanthie Mariet D’Souza (Founder & President)

Dr Shanthie Mariet D’Souza is a Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Chair in Public Policy at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA; a Visiting Faculty & Member of the Research & Advisory Committee, Naval War College, Goa; Non-Resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute, Washington, D.C.; Research Fellow at WeltTrends-Institut für Internationale Politik, Potsdam, Germany; Editorial board member of Small Wars & Insurgencies (Routledge: UK); Member of Board of International Studies, Goa University; Senior analyst for the South Asia desk with the Wikistrat Analytic Community and Adviser for Independent Conflict Research and Analysis in London. She has been a Founding Professor at the Kautilya School of Public Policy at GITAM University, Hyderabad. She has taught courses and developed modules on the intersection of public policy with international relations, Indian foreign policy, global public health, gender, climate change and emerging security challenges. 

She was previously a Visiting Fellow, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin (March-September 2022), Board Director at Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), Colombo (2018-2022); Visiting Research Associate at the School of Business & Governance, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia (2017); Research Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore (2010-14); Associate Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses, New Delhi (2006-10); Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Research Associate at South Asia Studies, The Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC (2005-06).

Dr D’Souza’s research interests and expertise include: Countering terrorism, insurgencies and violent extremism; Asymmetric and emerging security threats; Armed conflicts, illicit networks and organized crime; Women, Peace and Conflict Resolution; Prospects for long-term stabilization of Afghanistan; State and Peacebuilding in fragile states; Security Sector Reform; Sub-national governance and downward accountability in Afghanistan; International interventions and Post-conflict stabilization; Non-traditional security threats in Asia; Organizational restructuring, Public-private partnerships; Public Policy; Strategic Communications; Emerging powers and Great power politics; India’s foreign, maritime and security policy; Prospects for Regional Cooperation in South and South-East Asia.

As Adviser, Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (2015-16); International Election Observer for the audit and recount of Afghanistan’s Presidential Runoff elections,(2014); Senior Transition Consultant, United Nations Mine Action Service (2013), Kabul and External Reviewer for the country programme of Action Aid International, Afghanistan (2011), she has worked with governmental and non-governmental sectors for more than a decade and conducted field-based studies in various provinces of Afghanistan.  She has also conducted field research in Pakistan, China, Africa, Australia, Canada, the United States, Jammu and Kashmir and India’s North East.

Among her most recent published work are edited books titled “Countering insurgencies and violent extremism in South and South East Asia” (Cass Military Studies, Routledge: UK), Afghanistan in Transition: Beyond 2014?, co-edited books, Perspectives on South Asian Security and Saving Afghanistan. She has guest-edited a special issue on “Countering insurgencies and violent extremism in South Asia” in Small Wars & Insurgencies (UK: Routledge), February 2017. She has contributed chapters to edited books, journal articles, encyclopedias, yearbooks and regional surveys and op-eds in the media. She has published in international peer-reviewed journals including Small Wars & Insurgencies (UK: Routledge), Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs (Sage), The Journal of South Asian Development (Sage), South Asian Survey (Sage), Contemporary South Asia (London: Routledge),  Strategic Analysis (Routledge), Journal of Defence Studies, Journal of the Centre for Land Warfare Studies, Combating Terrorism Exchange (Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, USA), Small Wars Journal, (Small Wars Foundation, Bethesda, USA),  Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, (Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University: Washington DC), The Journal of International Security Affairs, No. 20, (Washington DC), Welt Trends: Journal for International Politics and Comparative Studies(Germany: University of Potsdam),  and others. Her work on Afghanistan and India has been published in The Europa Regional Surveys of the World, Europa World (Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge) and Encyclopedia Britannica.

Dr D’Souza has been interviewed by various media outlets and her opinion pieces have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Strait Times (Singapore), The Hindu (India), Hindustan Times (India), Indian Express (India), The Business Times (Singapore), Business Standard (India), Fair Observer; Asian Age; Deccan Chronicle; Forbes (IBN Live), The New Statesman (UK), NATO Watch, Fergana (Russia), Huffington Post, Rediff, The Star (Malaysia), The Islamic Republic News Agency (Iran), Bloomberg, Eurasia Review, Open Democracy (London), World Affairs Journal (Washington, D.C),  Strategic Perspectives (RCSS, Colombo), Control Risks/South Asia (London), Afghan Zariza (Kabul), Anadolu Agency (Ankara), South Asia Journal, Al-Arabiya (Dubai), Daily News & Analysis ( Mumbai), The Pioneer (Delhi).

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She tweets @shanmariet

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Bibhu Prasad Routray (Director)

Dr Bibhu Prasad Routray is Visiting Faculty and Member of the Research & Advisory Committee, Naval War College, Goa. He held the position of Visiting Professor and Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) chair, India Studies at Murdoch University, Perth between July-December 2017. He served as a Deputy Director in the National Security Council Secretariat, Government of India and Director of the Institute for Conflict Management (ICM)’s Database & Documentation Centre, Guwahati, Assam. He was a Visiting Fellow at the South Asia Programme of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore between 2010 and 2012.

Routray specialises in decision-making, governance, counter-terrorism, force modernisation, intelligence reforms, foreign policy and dissent articulation issues in South and South-East Asia. His writings, based on his projects and extensive field-based research in Indian conflict theatres of the Northeastern states and the left-wing extremism affected areas, have appeared in a wide range of academic as well as policy journals, websites, and magazines. He is the author of National Security Decision Making in India (RSIS, Singapore, 2013)

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He tweets @BibhuRoutray